Robert De Niro is 70

Meet the Parents (2000) – the first of these ‘Ben Stiller as a Focker’ movies,

Robert De Niro is one of the greatest movie actors ever. Yet, I have missed almost all of his signature roles. I have never seen: Godfather II, Taxi Driver, and The Deer Hunter. I always meant to watch Bang The Drum Slowly, Stanley and Iris, and This Boy’s Life, among others, but never did. Goodfellas I’ve seen only in bits and pieces

What HAVE I seen?

Raging Bull (1980) – this I saw on video, in the past few years. I remain convinced that if I had seen it in the theater, I would have liked it better. As it was, it took me a while to warm to it.
The King of Comedy (1982) – possibly his best role that I’ve seen, as a comedian obsessed with a talk show host, played by Jerry Lewis.
Awakenings (1990) – it borders on treacle but doesn’t quite make it there. With Robin Williams as a feel-good doc.
Cape Fear (1991) – I was sufficiently scared during this movie. Never saw the original with Robert Mitchum
Wag the Dog (1997) – my favorite of these movies; about faking a war. Its biggest drawback is that it was plausibly true.
Jackie Brown (1997) – I actually enjoyed this Tarantino film, which is the last one I saw
Analyze This (1999) – trading on his tough-guy image, it stars Billy Crystal as his shrink
Meet the Parents (2000) – the first of these ‘Ben Stiller as a Focker’ movies, and while I mostly enjoyed it, it was the only one I needed to see
New Year’s Eve (2011) – watched this on New Years’ Eve 2012 with my wife on a hotel TV. The overpacked storyline, directed by Garry Marshall.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – yes, I liked it well enough, but not as much as some other Oscar-nominated films.

What are YOUR favorite De Niro roles?

Author: Roger

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5 thoughts on “Robert De Niro is 70”

  1. The original Cape Fear with Mitchum is worth Netflixing, but DeNiro added a really smarmy bit with their daughter that haunts me to this day.

    You’re right – Raging Bull on the big screen, manna from heaven.

    I do think all the actors in Silver Linings Playbook were wonderful, and DeNiro took a total back seat to Bradley Cooper. When he cried in the film, I burst into tears.

    DeNiro is one of the great American actors. Al Pacino, for my money, is no match, all bluster – with two exceptions: Angels in America and You Don’t Know Jack (his portrayal of Kevorkian is super). Amy

  2. He is one of my favorite actors as well. Love him in many movies, but A Bronx Tale is one of his top movies for me. Happy Birthday, Robert!

  3. Sorry to say, I’ve never been a fan of De Niro. šŸ™ But that’s not to say he isn’t a great actor.

  4. Awakenings is my favorite hands down. I love the bravery and the compassion depicted in that movie. It had a profound effect on me as a teen the first time I watched it. Still does. šŸ™‚

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